Yfrog confirms that e-mail upload feature “has not been compromised in any way”

posted at 12:00 pm on June 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Those providing on-line services take security very, very seriously, because any hint of vulnerability will have users running to competitors almost instantly in the highly competitive Internet world.  When Rep. Anthony Weiner and his defenders began blaming Yfrog for a mysterious tweet on his stream that included a photo of a crotch that Weiner couldn’t say “with certitude” wasn’t his, Yfrog responded by suspending all e-mail uploads until it could fully check security.  On Friday, Yfrog announced the results of its investigation:

After confirming that our email upload feature has not been compromised in any way – it is now active again (from 5 pm PST today). We appreciate your patience as we work to assure user safety and security. Please always maintain secure passwords and do not share email secret PINs with anyone. Please contact us at is-support@imageshack.us with any questions, if you want your PINs changed or disabled.

Yfrog explains further:

At yfrog, we take security very seriously. We monitor all the activity on our site and network 24/7 to make sure we secure our services, especially the photos and videos of our users. Our commitment is to protect our users’ photos and make sure they are never lost, deleted by accident, or compromised in any way.

Email Upload Security Explained

The email upload feature was introduced as a convenience for users to send emails with their photos as attachments. The yfrog email PIN is given to the user for the sole purpose of uploading photos only to yfrog. As a private email PIN, it should be treated as confidential information, just like passwords.

To secure further, the user should:

  • not share the email PIN with others.
  • not include other recipients in the emails sent to yfrog to upload photos.
  • not forward to other recipients the emails sent to the email PIN to upload photos to yfrog.
Why we Disabled Email Upload

At yfrog, we constantly evaluate our internal security mechanisms across all the facets of our service. Even though our email upload feature has not been compromised or broken into, we are taking this opportunity to evaluate the feature and secure it even further.

Security is Important to Us

Yfrog serves millions of users and over 2 billion requests worldwide every day with minimal or no attacks or disruptions. As we grow, we will continue to take every measure possible to secure our services so that our users’ photos and videos are protected.

In other words, one cannot upload photos to Yfrog with just a username, as some had alleged.  Nor has Yfrog’s e-mail upload system been hacked or compromised.  One might suspect from the quick and categorical conclusion to their probe that they may have some fairly convincing evidence of the origin of Rep. Weiner’s tweet and photo.  If Weiner really is interested in getting to the bottom of this, he could ask Yfrog to release that information to the public, or at least send investigators to retrieve it and find the culprits.

Of course, a failure to do either makes it pretty clear that Weiner or someone he granted access to the account uploaded the picture and sent the tweet.

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As I’ve said before, HA has become all weiner all the time.

txag92 on June 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

txag92 on June 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

That’s right. And the only way we can get on to more important subjects is for Weiner to resign. Until then, we are on the case full bore.

Don’t forget the President is into weiners, too.

Really Right on June 5, 2011 at 2:28 PM

I’m surprised Twitter hasn’t said anything about this. Hopefully, they’re busy conducting an internal investigation. I know Weiner most of all is anticipating the result of those findings.

RepubChica on June 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I dunno. I agree w/ BE Sam. Perhaps the best thing for Repubs is to let him stay right there, a loud prominent Dem spokesman. Nancy won’t drain the swamp. He seems too arrogant to resign. Maybe he’ll lose an election, but unlikely. He could be a gift that keeps on giving. Would love to see him back on Megyn Kelley’s show.

humdinger on June 5, 2011 at 2:11 PM

The guys on Fox News were kidding around about the Ween last week, saying that Megyn Kelly had to be restrained from coming off of materinity leave early, just to interview Weiner.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I hope she didn’t get injured in the ensuing fit of laughter…..

ted c on June 5, 2011 at 2:02 PM

What’s hilarious to me is the arrogance (and ignorance) of a person (an ELECTED OFFICIAL no less) who gets up one day and thinks…hey, I know, today would be a great time to take a picture of myself in my drawers and tweet it to some college coed! YES. She’ll LOVE it.

Congressmen like him who are more interested in playing around on their twitter account than they are about trying to solve problems facing our nation need to be booted out.

scalleywag on June 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

It’s obvious that the Wenis’ big mouth was compensating for his shortcomings in other areas.

ted c on June 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

As I’ve said before, HA has become all weiner all the time.

[txag92 on June 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM]

Front page posts right now — Total 38+/-, Weiner 6+/-.

Math is hard!
–txag92

Want comment totals, too, I suppose?

Dusty on June 5, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Congressmen like him who are more interested in playing around on their twitter account than they are about trying to solve problems facing our nation need to be booted out.

scalleywag on June 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

but he, and his defenders, will be the first to point out that there are larger problems that our nation is facing besides the jackassery that the the jackass was engaged in (and we would be right to get back to those problems).

I love it when I am lectured to by my betters. /

ted c on June 5, 2011 at 2:35 PM

After confirming that our email upload feature has not been compromised in any way – it is now active again (from 5 pm PST today). We appreciate your patience as we work to assure user safety and security.

Awsum. So I can hit the honey’s back now? #HowYouLikeMeNow?
/@RepWeiner

ted c on June 5, 2011 at 2:39 PM

I’m surprised Twitter hasn’t said anything about this. Hopefully, they’re busy conducting an internal investigation. I know Weiner most of all is anticipating the result of those findings.

RepubChica on June 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Twitter’s hipness depends on their being used by Arab and other protestors, who depend on anonymity. So they can be not seen investigating anything, least of all a Democrat.

pedestrian on June 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM

It’s a shame that any Democratic scandal involves blamming a business. TurboTax and yFrog are the latest examples of this ploy. They should both sue for defamation of character and lost business revenue. This would set a precedent that people just can’t blame a business or individual to cover their tracks.

djaymick on June 5, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Of course, a failure to do either makes it pretty clear that Weiner or someone he granted access to the account uploaded the picture and sent the tweet.

Hey, low-level staff intern that worships the ground I walk upon! Snap a point-of-view junk pic while I sit here in my BVDs and watch this hockey game….ya dig?–The Boss

the truth
Weiner stripped, got it worked up, took the pic, posted it and tweeted it himself by mistake. He’s a ‘hands on’ kinda guy.

ted c on June 5, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Weiner lied about yfrog, so they were compelled to shut down their service and suffered damage to their reputation (among liberal idiots who still probably believe Weiner). A public lie with demonstrable damages. Sounds like a slander case to me.

forest on June 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Sounds like a slander case to me.

forest on June 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Democrats can’t slander. They’re perpetually at work doing what they’re paid to do. If that involves tweeting their junk pics to coeds, so be it. Just move along prole…/

ted c on June 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Did Weiner himself actually blame Yfrog for this? I can’t seem to find a quot anywhere. If so, it’s a slam dunk law suit.

cdog0613 on June 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

It’s a shame that any Democratic scandal involves blamming a business. TurboTax and yFrog are the latest examples of this ploy. They should both sue for defamation of character and lost business revenue. This would set a precedent that people just can’t blame a business or individual to cover their tracks.

djaymick on June 5, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I was disappointed that TurboTax didn’t make more of that, I was hoping for a “so easy anyone but a cabinet member can use it” ad campaign.

slickwillie2001 on June 5, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Dusty on June 5, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Please tell me you aren’t being a jacka$$. Lighten up. Geez.

txag92 on June 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM

A pox on the GOP establishment who gave this Weiner a pass.

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 3:29 PM

A public lie with demonstrable damages. Sounds like a slander case to me.

forest on June 5, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Yfrog “We’ve been shlangered!”

VegasRick on June 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Does yfrog have legal grounds to sue Weiner? Twitter also? Intentional false statements damaging company reputation?

[msplitt on June 5, 2011 at 12:38 PM]

That’s an interesting question. I would add does Yfrog (ImageShack) have grounds to bring suit for the sender circumventing their enforcement of the terms of service. First it would need to determine that he photo violated their terms of service.

If it did, the consideration would whether it was a one-off or more frequently. The pic was in yfrog, but it may not stay there long and just be put in every time it is sent, if it was sent several times. If that was done, and it was deemed in violation, I suppose they could consider it rising to a level of “circumventing”.

I doubt they’d do it, but who knows.

Dusty on June 5, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I dunno guys….this is probably some of the best free publicity either of these two companies could have EVER hoped for. I don’t think you could pay for such worldwide product exposure. Even Little Weiner has gleaned more Twitter followers as the result of his little “art shot”.

I think both Twitter and YFrog are both happy as clams.

(Heh….clams)

Tim_CA on June 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

(Heh….clams)

Tim_CA on June 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Clams and weiners.

VegasRick on June 5, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Mr. Weiner, would you like to recant your story?

Uh… well, I uh… Meh… baaa dah, um… I think… that… uh… um… my twitter account, I mean, phone was hacked uh…. or something along those lines, I believe….uhhmmmm…

jeffn21 on June 5, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I would take this to mean that Weiner could not easily sign on to yfrog and start deleting someone else’s uploads as he said he did.

joedoe on June 5, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Resignation? It will be a cold day in Hell…… When was the last time a Dem resigned? I can’t remember….. Weiner is an arrogant SOB that typifies the liberal left. He causes more damage to the country than Vladimir Putin.

ultracon on June 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Yfrog “We’ve been shlangered!”

VegasRick on June 5, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Thanks Rick. I just wasted about three minutes of my life trying to pronounce that word you just invented.

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Resignation? It will be a cold day in Hell…… When was the last time a Dem resigned? I can’t remember….. Weiner is an arrogant SOB that typifies the liberal left. He causes more damage to the country than Vladimir Putin.

ultracon on June 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Which is why EXACTLY I will not support a “Democrat-Lite” RINO GOP leadership that gave this turd a pass.

Weiner deserves all the attention and scorn he has earned.

Roy Rogers on June 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Thanks Rick. I just wasted about three minutes of my life trying to pronounce that word you just invented.

hawkdriver on June 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

sorry.

VegasRick on June 5, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Breaking: Ambitious junior staffer agrees to take the fall for Weiner in exchange for…

petefrt on June 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Nah, that would’ve happened by now. I’m guessing such offers were made and promptly declined. At this point he can only hope that this thing just fades away.

holygoat on June 5, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Weiner has always left open the possibility it was an office prank, with such comments as “call it what you will, it was an unauthorized photo.” So expect some office flunky to take the fall next week, if things don’t blow over by then. Now, why an office subordinate would have such pictures is another question.

Fred 2 on June 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Can we just stop talking about Wiener and this scandal-lite? There are so many important topics out there. I more video of Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain instead.

I suppose this is hopeless gesture on my behalf. Luckily, I seem to enjoy fighting losing battles.

thuja on June 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Why can’t we talk about all of those things, and more? Still, your “concern” is noted.

holygoat on June 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Yeah, he’s a sleaze. We all knew it anyway.

dogsoldier on June 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Does Allah know that KP dated Weiner? Wasn’t she one of his crushes?

misterpeasea on June 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Still, your “concern” is noted.

holygoat on June 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Heh.

misterpeasea on June 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Rep. Pinocchio Weiner’s nose is growing again.

New Yorkers in his district deserve a Special Election to replace him.

People who abuse the public’s trust as he has need to be removed from office.

wren on June 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

When I look at dems all I see are weenies.

tinkerthinker on June 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Rep. Pinocchio Weiner’s nose is growing again.

wren on June 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

As well as regions further “south” apparently.

Tim_CA on June 5, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Is it only me that wondering about all these Weiner accounts for social networking YFrog, GFrog, tweets, Adobe uploads….wtf??? We are now $14 tril in debt with out of control unemployment and spending and foreclosures. DROP THE ALL DAMM SOCIAL NETWORKING WEINER..GET TO DAMM WORK!!. I work a regular 8hr/40week job and when I get home Im most of the time too exhausted to delve into all this nonsense after giving my wife and family attention. How does this jerk get the nerve to putz around the interent with porn stars and 21 yo’s. The Repubs better NOT let this go, and I can already feel this story fading.

malkinmania on June 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

the jackassery that the the jackass was engaged in
ted c on June 5, 2011 at 2:35 PM

was???????

DSchoen on June 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM

I suppose they could consider it rising to a level of “circumventing”.
I doubt they’d do it, but who knows.
Dusty on June 5, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Perhaps they could institute a test to ensure the users of the product are smart enough to safely use the product.

They could call it “The Weiner Test”!

DSchoen on June 5, 2011 at 8:45 PM

The congressman is lying ………….. just listen to his explanation for a few minutes. It is incredible. He belongs on the verbal edition of Dancing with the Stars.

SC.Charlie on June 5, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Can we just stop talking about Wiener and this scandal-lite?
thuja on June 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM

How do you get scandal-lite out of this?

We have an accusation of hacking. That’s a Federal crime, it’s a Felony.
We have a US Congressman claiming he was Hacked. That has National Security implications.
We have a US Congressman accusing other Americans of hacking him. A charge that is both a Felony with National Security implications, meaning a possible life in prison if guilty.
We have a US Congressman claiming Y-frog, Tweeter are easily hacked, that doesn’t help Y-frog or Tweeter if true.

If not true, We have a US Congressman intentionally harming 2 companies to cover his own stupidity.
For this Wiener should kicked out of Congress. WE, the USA do not need to lose anymore jobs!

If not true, We have a US Congressman intentionally accusing other Americans of hacking him.
For this alone Wiener should go to prison.

How do you get scandal-lite out of this?

Notice, I didn’t even mention the picture it’s self, don’t have to, it’s irrelevant.

Now does Wiener need to be shamed until he fesses up? Yes
Should we hang around the Dems neck until they take some action? Yes
Should we point out that the Dems have not put forward a budget for 770 days because they are Tweeting junk shots to Coed’s and Porn Stars? Yes.

DSchoen on June 5, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I think he dood it.

Gary's Johnson on June 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Excellent post, DSchoen..2 up

malkinmania on June 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM

The Congressman has made himself a nationwide public laughingstock. Once the tweet went out, no matter how it happened, it was bound to make him look bad. But rather than take the hit to his public repuation, he tried to laugh it off and shuck and jive and talk his way out of it. The more he talked, the further he jammed his foot into his mouth, until it’s well past the knee by now and he’s made himself the butt of the most vulgar kind of jokes.

It takes more than common stupidity to call a member of the media a jackass during a press meeting instead of answering an obvious question, and to call the cops on a TV reporter when you don’t want to do an interview. Surely the people of his New York congressional district can find someone to represent them who has more brains than…never mind. Surely they can find someone who is more honorable and…never mind that, either.

No glory to the post-patriotic partisan hacks in Democratic Party leadership (and elsewhere) whose obvious two-facedness about sexual (and other) pecadillos in the higher reaches of govenment has helped and keeps helping reduce political discourse to the level of raw sewage.

Confutus on June 5, 2011 at 10:10 PM

The next time Fox is interviewing him on a policy position and he starts his usual rant, they should ask, “but I heard that really wasn’t the GOP position, someone hacked in and changed the wording.”???!

barnone on June 5, 2011 at 10:12 PM

They always say when nervous about speaking in public to imagine the audience in their underwear. Haha any time we see weiner speaking in public we will imagine him in his underwear. No one will hear what he says…hahaaaa.

tinkerthinker on June 5, 2011 at 10:40 PM

I’m sure next Daily Kos and Charles Johnson will be telling us how aliens and Lee Harvey Oswald were involved.

tetriskid on June 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Chuckles is too busy posting four consecutive posts about how Palin fans are editing wikipedia posts.

strictnein on June 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Could be his wife did it? Run for the hills, Wiener, the Clintons are gonna be after you, son!

Sherman1864 on June 5, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Yfrog confirms that e-mail upload feature “has not been compromised in any way”

Better Headline: Weiner’s excuse: It doesn’t cut the mustard.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Weiner, I mean. Sorry, fellow!

Sherman1864 on June 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Confutus on June 5, 2011 at 10:10 PM

The Weenie is lucky the late night talks were all on reruns this week. Monday they should be all over him, even if he is a democratic.

slickwillie2001 on June 6, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Weiner & the guy who calls himself John Stewart ‘vacationed’ together. Reckon they crossed swords.

BHO Jonestown on June 6, 2011 at 2:01 AM

The reason Republicans resign over these things, and Democrats don’t, is quite simple.

Republicans and conservatives actually feel guilt, shame and remorse.

Cylor on June 6, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Is anyone else getting an ad for “Vulnerability Management for Dummies”?

Classic.

KGB on June 6, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Does this prove that Weiner’s weiner was uploaded by Weiner? When does he get Y-frog-marched into jail with Strauss-Kahn?

Steve Z on June 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM

But I read on LGF by a certified Internet Computer Expert that hacking Yfrog’s email upload feature was super easy. How could they be wrong?

strictnein on June 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Dear Mister Weiner,

It’s not too late to invoke the “Marion Barry” defense – -
“The beyatch set me up!”

olesparkie on June 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

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